What do you do when you rip your favourite black coat?
A: Throw it away and buy a new one?
B: Get out your needle and thread and bring it back to its former glory?
Despite having no sewing skills, I decided to embrace the make-do-and-mend spirit of the recession and have an attempt at B. Luckily, creative workspace The Make Lounge had just the right class to help me -Survival Sewing.
Survival Sewing teaches wannabe amateur tailors basic repair and alteration skills. We were shown how to take up a hem, sew on a button correctly (there’s more to it than you might think!) and given help from our tutor on how to fix the items of clothing we had brought with us.
It all takes place in the bright and welcoming space of The Make Lounge in Islington, where as well as sewing, you can chat with your classmates over a cup of tea, biscuits, and even a glass of wine.
Even with my non-existent sewing skills, I successfully completed what was apparently a fairly tricky repair job, thanks to the expert help of our tutor. There’s something really satisfying about fixing things yourself and I’m hoping to put my new hemming skills to the test soon – any willing trouser victims/volunteers?
If sewing doesn’t appeal, The Make Lounge runs all kinds of classes including cupcake decorating, crochet and jewellery-making.
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